Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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NT 25365 74014
325365, 674014


J M Dick Peddie, 1908-9. 3-storey attic and basement Renaissance commercial office on corner site. Polished Portland stone, with granite base course. Channelled rustication and voussoirs at ground, giant order Ionic columns to 1st and 2nd floors with balustrades between bases; modillioned cornice and balustraded parapet; 1st floor windows with lugged architraves and cornices; 2nd floor windows with bracketed and draped cills, and husks at head. 3-bay recessed drum corner with consoled copper dome supporting bronze statue of Prudence by Penny Portsmouth.

HANOVER STREET ELEVATION: 5-bay. Doors to outer bays; that to left architraved and corniced with carved crest above.

GEORGE STREET ELEVATION: 3-bay. Architraved doorcase at centre with consoled open pediment containing carved crest; 2-leaf panelled doors.

Plate glass casement windows. Corniced ashlar stacks. 2 large vertical flagpoles on roof; grey slates.

INTERIOR: hall with Roman Doric columns of Pavanazzo marble with elided entablatures; stair with heavy balusters and panelled corridor to 1st floor boardroom with Adam revival ceiling, fine late 18th century marble chimneypiece, perhaps from original house on site, and panels of Utrecht velvet.

Statement of Special Interest

Built for the Edinburgh Life Assurance Company, who moved from their premises next door at 22-24 George Street. The velvet is from the company's old office next door.



QJRIAS 1922 no 4. Gifford, McWilliam and Walker EDINBURGH (1988) p301.

About Listed Buildings

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We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

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